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Winter Is Coming So Winterise Your Car!

Heather Gribbin

Heather Gribbin

November 21, 2018

Heather loves Land Rovers and spending time in the great outdoors.


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Mother Nature – she ain’t no joke. According to research, you’re 20% more likely to be involved in a car accident in the winter than any other time. Some of it has to do with the 700,000 new motorists on the road, but it’s mainly down to the conditions. The snow, ice, and rain can cause a tyre to have twice as less grip than usual.

Switching up your style – giving the car in front extra space, etc. – is a good place to start yet it’s only the beginning. If you’re going to stay safe, it’s vital not to say winter is coming but to get ready for it.

Buy A New Model

Sorry to burst your bubble yet some models aren’t up to scratch when the weather turns. In fact, the majority of them aren’t because they aren’t 4X4s. As a rule, the high clearance from the ground coupled with big wheels and the distribution of power make them perfect for the winter. There’s no reason to worry if this seems like an extravagant purchase as second-hand models are affordable. A used Range Rover Sport is one of the best but there are plenty of options. Seriously, a big motor will keep you safe when the snow falls.

Winterise Accessories

It’s easy to focus on the big things such as the engine and any under the bonnet, yet it’s a mistake. Sure, you should do it anyway to make sure, but also don’t forget the small things. From the window wiper blades to the washer fluid, they all need changing in the winter. Heavy duty wipers stop the ice from forming and that allows them to improve the driver’s visibility, while antifreeze can stop cleaning fluid from freezing. Plus, don’t forget that a 10° change can result in a loss of 1 PSI so keep an eye on the tyres too.

Fill Up The Tank

Like a water pipe can in the winter, a petrol tank can freeze also. They are susceptible when they’re empty, which is why it’s vital to keep it at least half full. Another reason to stay on top of the levels is condensation. A full tank limits the damage and stops the lines from freezing. Then, you’ll be able to start your car in the morning. And, if you’re stuck, you can keep the engine running and the heater blowing with lots of petrol.

Pack A Winter Kit

Speaking of breakdowns, don’t assume you won’t be in one. Again, there’s a 20% greater chance of an accident so an emergency kit is essential. Starter cables might be able to shock the engine into life and get you the nearest garage. A torch is always a wise move as well because the sun sets quickly in the winter. On top of that, you’ll need spare, warm clothes as well as a battery pack for your phone in case it dies.


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